KATHMANDU — A meeting of seven parties, including the three major parties, failed to forge consensus on constitutional issues and issues relating to the second phase of local level polls.
The meeting was called by the Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal at the Prime Minister’s official residence, Baluwatar on Friday to discuss on the issues, such as, the constitution amendment bill, increasing the number of local units in tarai districts as demanded by various Madhes-based political parties. However, it failed to make any headways.
The Prime Minister urged political leaders to forge consensus on issues related to the constitution amendment bill, the number of local levels, the second phase of elections and the budget,according to a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Secretariat.
But, leaders from Rastriya Janta Party Nepal (RJPN), recently formed by 6 Madhes-based parties, stood rigid on their demand for increasing the number of local units in Tarai-Madhes districts while the main opposition CPN-UML strongly opposed on any such decision ahead of the local elections was unacceptable.
Deputy Parliamentary Party Leader of CPN-UML Subas Chandra Nembang said his party leaders reiterated that they were not in favour of discussing contents of the constitution amendment bill or increasing the number of local levels before the second phase of elections.
“It will be against the election code of conduct to increase the number of local levels after the first phase of polls,” Nembang said adding, “If the number of local levels had to be increased then it should be done nationwide and not only for 20 districts of Madhes.”
He said the UML leaders were ready to discuss constitutional issues and the issues relating to increasing the number of local levels after the second phase of elections.
After UML oipposed the Madhes based parties, leaders from the ruling parties requested the Madhesi leaders to participate in the elections, according to Bikram Pandey, general secretary of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP).
“But the Madhesi leaders reiterated that they wouldn’t join elections without first amending the constitution, Pandey said.
“The meeting then concluded without any progress.”
Earlier, the RJPN and the Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal (FSF-N) leaders met the government panel formed to recommend increase in the number of local levels and demanded that the number of local levels should be proportional to the population of Madhes.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, Deupty Prime Minister and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi, Deupty Prime MInister and Local Development Minister Bijaya Gachhadar, CPN-UML Vice Chairma Subas Nembang, Leader Bhim Rawal, Maosit leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha, NC leader Ram Chandra Poudel, RPP leaders Bikram Pandey, Sunila Bahadur Thapa, RJPN leaders Mahantha Thakur, Rajendra Mahato, Anil Kumar Jha; FSF-N leader Ashok Kumar Rai were present ar the meeting.
Provincial members take oath of office and secrecy
KATHMANDU — Provincial governors of six provinces, except Province 7, have administered oath of office and secrecy to elected members of Provincial Assembly on Sunday.
The governor of Province 7, Mohan Raj Malla, will be administering the oath to Provincial Assembly members at around 2:30 PM at the Kailali District Coordination Committee Hall today itself.
While the swearing-in ceremony was scheduled for 1 PM today, there has been a delay after Malla had to travel by road after his flight got delayed.
The swearing was held as per the constitution.
The Provincial Chiefs administered the oath to the senior most member of the provincial assembly followed by the latter administering the oath to the remaining members of the House.
Earlier on January 19, the newly appointed governors of the seven provinces took oath of office and secrecy from President Bidhya Devi Bhandari at Shital Niwas.
Then Election Commission had submitted the list of candidates elected to the provincial assemblies to the seven governors soon after they took their oath from the President.Follow @gorkhapost